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Deal or No Deal? Advice is really that simple at the beginning.
by Tony Vidler One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep conversations and explanations as simple as possible, without being patronising to the client or skipping the detail that compliance demands. After all, it takes great skill and careful through to be able to simplify complex […]
Good? Fast? or Cheap? What sort of advice is it going to be?
by Tony Vidler A few years ago a university in New Zealand conducted a study to find out where consumers were turning to for financial advice. At the time they found that the number one source of financial advice for most respondents was “newspapers and media”. For 29% of the population that was […]
by Tony Vidler Trust is built over time. It is earned. It is not given automatically to most professionals by most prospective clients at the outset. That’s a reality. The very best we can hope for when someone doesn’t really know us yet is to be trusted enough to be given a chance to prove […]
by Tony Vidler A strange question to ask perhaps, but can a professional be assessed as having competence and incompetence as an adviser simultaneously? I think so. As new regulatory standards are embedded everywhere for professional services a word which frequently springs up as measure of professionalism is “competence”. Advisers everywhere grasp […]
The Top Challenge In Shifting From Product Sales To Advice Delivery
by Tony Vidler I was asked a simple, but loaded, question: What is the biggest future issue for financial advisers specialising in business insurance? I qualified my answer by saying that the biggest issue is the same one that faces all financial advisers regardless of their area of specialisation. The biggest issue […]
by Tony Vidler The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective. Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily. It will engage, motivate and […]
by Tony Vidler Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do. I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional. While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
Improve your sales results with a quick “Kerbside Review”
by Tony Vidler One of the most effective ways to improve sales results is to spend 2 minutes on a reflective process after each client meeting – whether it was a good or bad one. It is the “kerbside review” (hat tip to the USA with the spelling, but this concept did originate […]
If you have repeated problems, you need a process!
by Tony Vidler For financial advisory firms the word “process” has become synonymous with “best practice advice”, but good process is so much more than just a compliant and well-documented series of advice documents. Process is what builds franchise businesses. Process is what creates turnkey operations that are highly valued by prospective purchasers. […]
A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; […]